Toronto Performance Venue + Hotel

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The primary objective of the concept design for the multipurpose Toronto Performance Venue + Hotel is to create a next-generation destination where live immersive events elevate the spectator experience. The new venue will be a home where esports gamers compete at the highest levels and cutting-edge artists perform in an intimate theater-like seating bowl, drawing upon the energy of the crowd.

The performance venue delivers an iconic presence along the waterfront and the hotel serves as the anchor of the composition, unifying the two building programs. A grand staircase straddles the glazed hotel entry, allowing venue patrons to ascend to the podium level and onto the southern porch — a prominent open space with stunning views.

Perched atop the cantilevered floors is the slender hotel tower, which offers unobstructed 360-degree views of the entire vicinity, including Lake Ontario and the view of downtown. An integrated green roof gently ascends along the curvature of the venue, covering it in a sustainable green blanket.

The design approach focused on leveraging the energy of the venue with the distinct offerings of the hotel to deliver a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. The project will elevate the City of Toronto, drawing people together in remarkable ways.